Nov 18, 2012

Hydrotherapy at Ace Water Spa, Banawe, Q.C.

Ace Water Spa is where I usually run to whenever I feel the need to loosen those tense muscles on my back and shoulder blades and at the same time feel rejuvenated by dipping in their hot herbal pools of mint, jasmine and lavender aromas. They have sauna and steam and a lap pool too wherein you can enjoy a really good swim.
ace water spa
Lobby / Ace Coffee Shop
Occasionally, they'll hold 50% off promos through groupon deals offer and that's what I usually watch out for. You can buy as many as you want but always take note of the expiration date as you might purchase more than you can actually use.
Ace Water Spa

The proper swimming attire is a must, no cotton allowed and it must be fitted. Bring your own towel, they'll charge you 150 pesos for a rental.

Ace Water Spa Locker and Changing RoomAce Water Spa Swimming Attire
Ace Water Spa
Ace Coffee Lounge
Changing Room with Facilities
The pool massages vary from soft to hard. My faves are those from moderate to hard massages. I love most the rainfall acupuncture, I've spent so much time here repeating the procedure again and again but always taking note of people waiting in line. I also love the buoyancy and bubble jet massage, as you can just lie there and feel relaxed while floating thru the highly pressurized bubbles. To treat those aching muscles on my back and shoulder, I utilized the head and shoulder massage and the high pressure massage. I also spent a lot of time on the waist massage, because it feels like I'm working out my waistline and the jet chair with foot massage feels good too. After spending 2 hours in the pool area, I will head now to the hot herbal pools with varying temperatures for a relaxing aromatic experience that also help in making my skin feels supple and my muscles relaxed. The mint pool in 36 deg, the jasmine pool in 38 deg and the lavender pool in 40 deg, after dipping in each hot pool, I alternate with a 5 seconds dip in the cold pool, they call these contrast therapy plunge and used mostly in athletics to treat muscle soreness. It took me time to consider dipping into the cold pool after checking its temperature and how chilling it felt but I did go for it after knowing the benefits it'll do to my body. You'll get used to it and would feel rejuvenated afterwards. 

This is how I usually treat my body after accumulating so much stress. 4 hours are so much time to enjoy this whole spa experience for just 550 pesos, and if your paying attention to group deals you can have this for just half the price. And what I like most about this place, they've maintained their facilities in good condition and the cleanliness is just like the way it was the first time I set foot here 7 years ago.

They now have a bigger branch with hotel called Ace Suites in Pasig. So if you're nearer that area, go check it out.

399 Del Monte Avenue (near corner Banaue street) SFDM, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 3678041, 3678062, 4150164, Fax. No.: 4152477
Email Address:

Nov 8, 2012

Free Birthday Pancit by Pancit Planet

In every Pinoy birthday celebrations, pancit is always present. It has been a family tradition of every Filipino homes, be it small or big gatherings. A foodlore handed down to us by the Chinese which represents long life and good health.

My search for the best pancit in town happened again a day before my birthday. I was actually craving for Buddy's Pancit Lucban but they have no branch near Manila and no delivery services. Amber which is also a fave place for ordering pancit is already beginning to tire us. I looked online and found this Facebook page, Pancit Planet with 3k+ likes and it was such a relief to find out about Pancit Planet doing deliveries in Manila and offering different takes of the famous birthday dish.

Their variants are pancit sisig, pancit chicken teriyaki, pancit bbq liempo with sweet spicy bagoong, pancit chicken inasal, pancit lechon macau, and pancit tuna flakes with spicy dilis.

Very affordable and available in 3 sizes : Large (8-10 persons) - PhP380, Medium (3-4 persons) - PhP190, Small (1-2 persons) - PhP99. 

Located in J.P. Rizal, Makati, they make deliveries to Manila for a minimum order of 500 pesos and a delivery charge of 50 pesos.

I ordered for a large Pancit Sisig and a medium Pancit Chicken Teriyaki and because its my birthday, I got to avail of  their promo of  free medium birthday pancit. Just present an ID bearing your birthday when your delivery arrives. I read that this promo will run until end November.

Pancit Sisig
Pancit Chicken Teriyaki
Pancit Lechon Macau
My favorite among the three variants is Pancit Chicken Teriyaki, Lechon Macau coming close, Pancit Sisig isn't bad either. They all actually taste yummy just like how they were named after. I will try the other variants on next celebrations to come. It is just good to know that I have a lot of choices now.

I think I've found the best pancit in town but don't take my word for it, call  925-9917  to 18 and find out yourself ;-)

Nov 2, 2012

BIGBANG Live in Manila

If you are a K-Pop fan, you definitely know why the Korean boy band, BIGBANG is such a big hit. A friend of mine has an extra ticket to BIGBANG's Alive Galaxy Tour here in Manila, and prodded me to join them. I was quite hesitant at first, basically because I don't know any of their songs and I'd feel totally out of place in a crowd of very young and very ardent fans. On second thought, I decided this is a chance for me to figure out what really makes BIGBANG tick and why despite the hefty prices of their concert tickets, they got sold out early on  most of the time.

BIGBANG Galaxy Tour

True to form, just getting through the entrance of Mall of Asia Arena, I already got a taste of how crazy K-pop fans can get, I hear screams everywhere as we are all trying to get through the entrance of the concert venue and afterwards saw a throng of fans scramble and run when they heard that the concert already started.

The arena was jampacked to the hilt, everyone holding and wearing their lighted accessories. It was like staring at a galaxy of stars, truly mesmerizing. The audience was very much involved all throughout and can sing like they knew how to speak Korean.
K-pop fan
one of the fully accessorized fan
BIGBANG members are G-Dragon, TOP, Seungri, Daesung and Taeyang. TOP was the most applauded member and the only one I recognized. I saw him in the Korean series, IRIS, playing a villain role and really did a good job.

I did have a good time inspite of being clueless about their music. BIGBANG can really move a crowd with their performances and the beat of their music can really bring you to your feet plus the elaborate production set ups and props that were really eye catching and heart pumping.

The concert lasted almost three hours with four more encore performances to the delight of their fans. Well, I think their fans got their time and money's worth ;-).


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